David Blough

David Blough

Quarterback #11
Team: Detroit Lions
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 205 lb.
Born:July 31, 1995
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

David Blough: Serves as third-string QB in 2020

Blough completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards with one interception in one game in 2020.

Analysis: After Blough made the Detroit roster out of training camp only to get cut in September, the Lions thought enough of the 25-year-old to sign him back to the active roster once it was known in October that the Cowboys were in the market for someone to replace Dak Prescott (knee) last October. However, Blough went on to see action in just a single game in 2020 while serving as the No. 3 QB behind Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel. While there's a chance he could return as the No. 2 option in 2021 should Daniel be let go, it seems more likely that Detroit will take a developmental signal caller in the upcoming draft to fill that role.

January 7, 2021 2:57 PM EST

David Blough: Plays three drives in blowout loss

Blough completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards and an interception in Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Matthew Stafford hurt his ankle on the Lions' first possession and they were getting blown out with veteran backup Chase Daniel under center, so the team decided to see what it had in Blough. The 25-year-old Purdue product didn't do much of note in his three possessions, but it's possible Detroit could opt to start him over Daniel in next week's season finale against the Vikings if Stafford's unable to play.

December 26, 2020 1:11 PM EST

David Blough: Signs with Lions

Blough signed with the Lions' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Blough was on the Lions' practice squad after getting cut in September, and according to Chris Burke of The Athletic, the Lions made this move because the Cowboys were looking to sign Blough. The Purdue product completed just 54 percent of his passes for 5.7 yards per attempt over five games last year. He will operate as the No. 3 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel.

October 17, 2020 3:28 PM EST

David Blough: Let go by Lions

Blough was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It would have been surprising to see Blough beat out veteran Chase Daniels for the backup gig behind Matthew Stafford, but Blough evidently had a strong camp which put him in contention for the role. He'll hit the waiver wire along with a host of other notable names at QB and could make it back through to the team's practice squad should everything work out in the Lions favor.

September 5, 2020 11:41 AM EST

David Blough: Can't get going against Packers

Blough completed 12 of 29 pass attempts for 122 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Lions. He also added one reception for 19 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Blough's most meaningful contribution to the game came halfway through the first quarter, when he caught a 19-yard touchdown from Danny Amendola. Otherwise, he struggled to move the offense, completing only three passes of 10 yards or more. After turning in a surprising performance on Thanksgiving against the Bears, Blough completed only 72 of 136 pass attempts for 704 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions across his last four games. Though he may have a future in the league as a backup, Blough surely will not retain the starting role in Detroit with Matthew Stafford (back/hip) slated to return in 2020.

December 29, 2019 5:04 PM EST

David Blough: Absorbs four Bronco sacks

Blough completed 12 of 24 pass attempts for 117 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Denver.

Analysis: The former Purdue Boilermaker had absorbed nine sacks over his past three outings coming into Sunday's matchup, and he was once again under duress Week 16 against the Von MIller-led Broncos pass rush, absorbing six QB hits and four sacks as Detroit dropped its 11th game in 12 tries. Blough was able to avoid committing any giveaways after establishing a 3:5 TD:INT through his first three career starts, but with another sub-par showing in the yardage department he now sits at 216.5 passing yards per game for the year. He's expected to be in the lineup once again in the regular-season finale, as Detroit looks to snap its extended losing streak against a Packers team that remains in contention for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

December 22, 2019 7:23 PM EST

David Blough: Set to start Week 16

Blough is set to remain the starter against Denver on Sunday with Matthew Stafford (back/hip) having been placed on IR, Dave Brickett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: The Lions placed Stafford on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. With Jeff Driskel (hamstring) also on IR, Blough looks in line to close out the season under center. Since his surprisingly solid debut Week 13, the rookie signal-caller has struggled in back-to-back matchups and put up a 1:3 TD:INT ratio. If the 24-year-old ends up churning out another ugly performance against the Broncos' stout defense Sunday, it's possible that the Lions could opt to take a look at backup Kyler Sloter.

December 18, 2019 2:17 PM EST

David Blough: Mistake-prone showing in defeat

Blough completed 24 of 43 passes for 260 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Lions 38-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 19 yards and committed a fumble but managed to recover.

Analysis: The rookie did the best he could under the circumstances, as he was playing without Marvin Jones (IR-ankle) in the receiving corps and without the benefit of Bo Scarbrough in the backfield to help keep the defense honest. Blough unsurprisingly relied heavily on Danny Amendola, with whom he connected on eight occasions for 102 yards. Blough's ability to produce fantasy-friendly production during what will be championship weekend in many leagues will be compromised by his unfriendly Week 16 road matchup versus the Broncos.

December 15, 2019 2:54 PM EST

David Blough: Struggles versus Vikings

Blough completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Blough struggled to get anything going early, completing only seven of 14 passes for 59 yards. With the Lions down 17-0, he took to the air more often in the second half, but threw two interceptions in team's last four offensive possessions. Positively, Blough has shown the ability to keep his top receivers involved, targeting Kenny Golladay eight times and Marvin Jones seven. He'll also draw an easier matchup in Week 15 as the Lions take on the Buccaneers.

December 8, 2019 4:58 PM EST

David Blough: In line to continue starting

Blough is expected to remain the starter until the return of Matthew Stafford (back) after backup Jeff Driskel (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Blough was surprisingly stout in his professional debut Thursday, carving through the Bears' defense and keeping the contest close throughout. The 24-year-old looks to be in line for more starts along the way, as Matthew Stafford doesn't seem close to return (back) and former backup, Jeff Driskel, is on injured reserve, and should be in line to take on the Vikings in Week 14.

November 30, 2019 12:34 PM EST

David Blough: Looks good in professional debut

Blough completed 22 of 38 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears. He also rushed once for one yard.

Analysis: The injury to Jeff Driskel (hamstring) appears to have been a blessing in disguise for the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, as Detroit may have just found its long-term backup quarterback in Blough. Making his professional regular-season debut after going undrafted out of Purdue in 2018, Blough was ready for the moment and put the Lions on top early with a 75-yard touchdown to Kenny Golladay on the opening drive. He admittedly cooled off in the second and third quarters, but Blough nearly positioned Detroit for a game-winning touchdown had Danny Amendola been able to bring in a nearly perfect over-the-shoulder pass during the closing seconds of the game. Despite the loss, the Lions must be delighted with Blough's performance and it seems unlikely the team will go back to Driskel for next weekend's game in Minnesota.

November 28, 2019 1:22 PM EST

David Blough: Officially starting Thursday

The Lions have named Blough the starting quarterback for Thursday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com had the news first, but the Lions have made the move official. Blough thus will fill in for Jeff Driskel, who did the same for Matthew Stafford (hip/back) in the team's previous three games before being limited by a hamstring injury this week. During preseason action with the Browms, Blough completed 58 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

November 27, 2019 4:59 PM EST

David Blough: In line for first pro start

Blough is expected to be the Lions' starting quarterback Thursday against the Bears, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: There's no end in sight for Matthew Stafford's recovery from fractures in his back. In addition to the long-time Lion sitting out for a fourth consecutive game, Jeff Driskel, his replacement, has been limited in practice this week by a hamstring injury. It's unclear if Driskel will be inactive, or merely suit up as an emergency option, but Blough is poised to receive his first NFL action. During the 2019 preseason, Blough completed 58 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

November 27, 2019 4:24 PM EST

David Blough: Last man standing

Blough is the only quarterback on Detroit's roster that does not carry an injury designation heading into Thursday's contest against the Bears.

Analysis: With Matthew Stafford (back) ruled out for Thanksgiving Day and Jeff Driskel (hamstring) listed as questionable, it's possible that the Lions could be forced to rely on Blough to start under center. In his two preseason appearances, the undrafted rookie out of Purdue completed 58 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two interceptions and two touchdowns. Detroit may not make an official decision on the availability of Driskel, who logged a trio of limited practices this week, until just prior to Thursday's 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

November 27, 2019 1:22 PM EST

David Blough: Getting some first-team reps

Blough received reps with the first-team offense Tuesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: The Lions are preparing for all scenarios, one of them being without both Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel on Thursday against the Bears. Stafford is unlikely to suit up due to the widely publicized fractures in his back, but Driskel's practice reps have been capped this week as a result of a sore hamstring. A decision on Driskel may come down to the wire Thursday as Lions-Bears kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET. Blough's sole action as a pro occurred during the preseason, when he completed 58 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

November 26, 2019 2:48 PM EST

David Blough: Named No. 2 passer

Blough was named the backup behind Matthew Stafford on Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Josh Johnson was originally the backup behind Stafford, but the team released him Tuesday, leaving Blough as the No. 2. The Lions also signed Jeff Driskel to provide depth behind Blough and Stafford. Blough went undrafted out of Purdue in this year's draft after passing for 9,734 yards, 69 touchdowns and 43 interceptions in four years as a Boilermaker.

September 17, 2019 9:31 AM EST

David Blough: Dealt to Detroit

Blough was traded to the Lions on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Blough is fresh off a performance against the Lions where he completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 115 yards and two interceptions, and now he'll be the fifth quarterback on the roster in Detroit. With the regular season just around the corner, Blough likely faces a tough uphill climb to crack the Lions' regular-season roster.

August 30, 2019 2:53 PM EST

David Blough: Throws two picks versus Lions

Blough completed 11 of 17 pass attempts for 115 yards and two interceptions during Thursday's 20-16 preseason loss to the Lions.

Analysis: Blough played the second half in this one after Garrett Gilbert played respectably through the first two quarters. While his 6.8 yards per attempt were superior to Gilbert's, he failed to generate a touchdown and unceremoniously threw interceptions on his first two possessions. Blough seems unlikely to win the backup quarterback at this point and could be in danger of being left off the regular-season roster altogether.

August 29, 2019 9:40 PM EST

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